Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Sean McCarthy



Lost in Pace: Making Sure Your Picture Book Doesn’t Go Off the Rails


In this craft-oriented session, we will examine character development, plotting, structure, and transformation in picture books and discuss how to keep your book on track.


Monday, November 1, 2021. 6 pm CST. Webinar will be recorded.


Be sure to check out the critique opportunity with Sean McCarthy!


Sean founded his own full-service literary agency in 2013 after working at Overlook Press and Sheldon Fogelman Agency. His clients include New York Times Bestseller Zachariah OHora, Hyewon Yum, Mark Fearing, Jamie A. Swenson, Dana Wulfekotte, Margaret Chiu Greanias, and Junghwa Park. Sean graduated from Macalester College with a degree in English-Creative Writing, and is grateful that he no longer has to spend his winters in Minnesota. He is drawn to flawed, multifaceted characters with devastatingly concise writing in YA, and character-driven stories or smartly paced mysteries and adventures in MG. In picture books, he looks more for unforgettable characters, off-beat humor, and especially clever endings. He is not currently interested in message-driven writing or query letters that pose too many questions.